My last two posts have been about the pros and cons of a kitchen project we did a few years ago.
As these things go with family life we moved within five years of having our “dream kitchen”. We moved into a similar but slightly smaller house in a slightly larger and busier town. Our children are now that much older and keen to start their own lives away from the family home.
Our new kitchen is in some way similar. We’ve got a breakfast bar and a dining table in the kitchen. and its quite large but nowhere near the size of our previous one.
The first difference we noticed – and we noticed this on day one – is the lack of storage space. The pan drawers and the wall of white cupboards really were huge. Because we had space we bought more stuff and used more stuff. Downsizing in the kitchen has been one of the hardest things to do. We had to make an emergency purchase of some more storage just to move in successfully. We still have lots of containers, glasses and cups in storage with no sign of emerging any time soon. This is difficult but it is also probably quite good to have to make choices and be a bit more creative on how we prepare things in the kitchen.
The second difference is more positive. The old kitchen was noticeable colder and more “echoey”. All the glass and white tiles really did make a statement but they were noisy and cold. The new kitchen is noticeably more cosy and as we downsize it feels more homely for a couple growing older with occasional family coming to stay. We can close off the world with curtains. With winter approaching this is something I am looking forward to more. Another feature of this is that the area is easier to keep clean.
The final main thing we realised is just how nice a “snug” is. An area close to the kitchen where you can just sit, read, watch TV and still be able to chat to the cook was great. One of the first things we did in the new house was to recreate this and make more of a library area with book cases.
It was a great family kitchen but our needs have changed and I hope the family who moved into our old house are enjoying it as much as we did. Things move on though and now I’m looking forward to a new kitchen in a couple of years time.